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Report on accident at Guneshli oil field platform that resulted in 12 dead, 19 missing & 32 injured

Author: Oil-Workers’ Rights Protection Organization (OWRPO), Published on: 24 February 2016

"Evaluation on fire at stationary deep sea platform No.10 in “Guneshli” field of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic on December 4, 2015", January 2016

There are 13 offshore platforms in “Guneshli” fileld which belongs to 28 May Oil and Gas Production of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)...While looking at the chronicle of the accidents in the offshore oil production platforms in recent years in Azerbaijan, there was no such serious incident which took place on December 4, 2015. Severe weather conditions and a strong hurricane took the lives of 12 employees, 19 employees were missing, and 32 people were injured...Safety rules were seriously violated. According to Annex 2 of the Labor Code of Azerbaijan Republic delivery of the majority of workers on the platform shall be deferred, maintenance and construction work shall be stopped in stormy weather. Directly reposnible are heads of “28 May” OGPD, Complex Drilling Trust, Transportaion Department, Caspian Catering Service and etc. During the rescue oil workers were not given proper instructions. There were contrasting opinions about the quality of the boats...serious study is needed with the participation of civil society...The injured workers have not been provided with financial assistance. On the contrary, the salaries have been cut because of non working days due to the accident. 


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Related companies: State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR)